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Bio-fertilizer nurturing local economic growth in Cameroon
27 April 2015
Campo-Ma'an and Dja et Mpomo Model Forests, Cameroon Since 2013, the African Model Forest Network has facilitated the distribution of bio-fertilizers to stakeholders in the Campo-Ma'an (southern region) and Dja et Mpomo (eastern region) Model Forests in Cameroon. Bio-fertilizers provide eco...
An interview with Anna-Maria Fjellström
13 April 2015
Model Forest leaders are the forest company executives, government officials, academics and indigenous and community members who have made outstanding contributions to improving our forests and the lives of the people who depend on them. They champion local forest issues, help raise awareness of...
Recorking the mighty oak in Provence
06 April 2015
Cork oak is an important tree species in the Mediterranean region with a total production of 250 500 tonnes of cork per year. Production of cork oak is threatened by the lack of natural regeneration, overgrazing, climate change, deforestation and fire. Since as early as 1990, there has been an...
Open Collaborative Science and Landscape Governance
30 March 2015
Climate change is arguably the most important challenges facing the international community with far-reaching implications for poverty, economic growth and sustainable development. However, despite global governance frameworks and international climate negotiation processes, there is a need to...
Model Forest working with mining company on CSR
26 March 2015
The Colinas Bajas Model Forest covers 909 000 hectares in 10 provinces and 44 municipalities in the northeastern region of the Dominican Republic and includes Los Haitises National Park. The area is rich in biodiversity and is important for livelihoods of the region’s more than 700 000 in...
Release of the 2015-2020 RMFN-Asia Strategic Framework
17 March 2015
On March 10, the Regional Model Forest Network for Asia (RMFN-Asia) will launch its 2015-2020 Strategic Framework during an all members' meeting in Lampang, Thailand. The Framework identifies key areas of activity such as food and water security, poverty alleviation, enhancing forest cover and...
Model Forests and Sentinel Landscapes
16 March 2015
Kodagu Model Forest partners with CIFOR’s Sentinel Landscapes program for long-term research benefitting forest-dependent communities in India   Agroforestry systems influence much of the Western Ghats landscape and economy. Coffee, pepper, cardamom, tea and rubber have long been...
Landscape action
02 March 2015
Impact Notes 04 There is increasing agreement among international organizations that the “landscape approach” is the most effective method for incorporating conservation and human development dimensions into land use planning and the broader sustainable development agenda. It...
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23 February 2015
Montagne Fiorentine Model Forest, Italy The Montagne Fiorentine Model Forest, founded in 2012, is located in Italy’s Tuscany region in the eastern part of the Province of Florence. The region is known for its rolling hills covered in cypress trees and the production of wine and olives. The...
Canada and Chile join forces to manage forest fires
16 February 2015
Chile, like Canada, is blessed with a vibrant forest sector which strives to balance both economic and environmental benefits derived from the forest. With approximately 14.5 million hectares of protected area encompassing 19.2% of its land base, Chile has one the world’s highest percentages...
Evidence-based stream restoration in Bergslagen Model Forest
09 February 2015
The Bergslagen region in Sweden has a very long history of industrial use of minerals, forests and water. Streams and rivers in the Bergslagen region have more dams and hydropower plants than other regions in Sweden, and the history of forest management for industrial wood is long. This has...
Research shows Model Forest effectively connects stakeholders
26 January 2015
Vilhelmina Model Forest, Sweden. Use of the boreal landscape in Northern Sweden is shared between several land users. Forestry, reindeer husbandry, tourism and environmental protection are all practiced largely on the same areas. Many non-renewable uses such as mining are also prominent. Conflicts...
Landscape Approach in Action, Impact Notes 03
15 December 2014
There is increasing agreement among international organizations that the “landscape approach” is the most effective method for incorporating conservation and human development dimensions into land use planning and the broader sustainable development agenda. It recognizes a landscape as...
Governance Lessons for the Landscape Approach
02 December 2014
Six key governance factors identified from more than 20 years of global Model Forest experience   There is increasing international agreement that the landscape approach is the most effective method of incorporating conservation and human development dimensions into land-use planning and the...
17 November 2014
The Ifrane National Park, with its dominant cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is the forestry heartland of the Ifrane Model Forest covering 357,300 ha.   The stunning natural beauty is offset by a poverty rate in the region of more than 31 percent. Poverty creates major...